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Mercyhurst took the Division III national title yesterday by beating Adelphi 9-8.

Final Four/National Championship Weekend at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore wraps up today with the Division I men’s national championship game.

It will be Maryland vs. Virginia at 3:30 p.m. If you’re not in B-More, you can catch the game on ESPN.

In men’s title games yesterday in Baltimore, Mercyhurst edged Adelphi 9-8 (Division II) and Salisbury rolled to a 19-7 win over defending national champ Tufts (Division III).

Northwestern pulled out an 8-7 win over Maryland to win the NCAA D-I women’s title in a game played yesterday at Stony Brook University.

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The CIAC tournament started Saturday with qualifying-round games. Among them: No. 12 Greenwich beat No. 21 Stamford 16-4 and No.17 Cheshire beat No. 16 Danbury 12-7.

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3 Responses to “It's Maryland vs. Virginia for national title today”

  1. ReLAX says:

    In today’s battle of the ACC does anyone score in double figures? Or more likely does anyone score more than 7 goals.?If there is more than 15 goals total, I’ll be surprised. If it is a big scoring game it will be because of UVA

  2. Lax Novice says:

    Let’s break it down by matchups –

    Faceoffs: Maryland. IF UVA wins 50 pct., that’s better than expected.

    6 X 6 settled situations: Maryland. I like the Terps D vs Virginia’s settled offense better than UVA’s D vs Maryland’s O. And if Maryland wins the majority of faceoffs as expected, this will give them the extra possessions to set up Catalino, Young, et al. Sec 1 extra: Will Bohlander draw Chris Bocklet?

    Unsettled: Virginia. Steele Stanwick is dangerous anytime, but especially here, if/when the opportunities present themselves.

    Goalie: Virginia. Amato has been a hero thus far, but will Ghitleman’s experience help lead his team to victory?

    Coaching: Even. Although Dom Starsia drew up a play in the closing seconds of last year’s semi-final that put his guy offside at exactly the wrong time, I don’t see either team with an obvious advantage here, both staffs are exteremely capable.

    Intangibles: Maryland. It’s impossible to root against the Terps rallying around the memory of Ryan Young’s mother, not to mention the opportunity to win the Championship for the 1st time in 36 years. On the other hand, the dismissal of the Brattons has seemed to free the Cavaliers from a lot of off-field distractions and propelled them into the NCAA final.

    And your winner is: Maryland, by a score of 10-8.

    Good luck to all.

  3. inside says:

    Congrats to Chris Bocklet on his National Championship!

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